Saturday, December 29, 2012

JANUARY 2013 EVENTS --Episcopal Visit & Theophany Celebrations

Sat. Jan. 5th THEOPHANY EVE:  This day is a FAST day

6:30 pm  Vespers & Blessing of water

 Please bring along small bottles for carrying blessed water home. 

Sun. Jan. 6th THEOPHANY

NO Church School or Matins today

Please arrive BEFORE 9:30 so that we may officially greet Bishop IRENEE

9:30 AM Greeting of Bishop & Hierarchical Liturgy

Lunch will follow (bring a little extra food for visitors!) , and then we will proceed to the parking lot on Allard Crescent at 



meanwhile, please contact Fr. Lawrence to have your home blessed during the Theophany season. Leaflets explaining what is needed are available in the narthex. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

December Events



Mon. Dec. 24th 6pm Vigil

Tues. Dec. 25th  9am Liturgy (NO meal after)

Wed. Dec. 26th  Boxing Day  NO vespers

Father Lawrence will be taking some time off 

Dec 26th- Dec 29th 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Entrance Feast Nov. 21st 7 pm

Wed. Nov. 21st. 7 pm-- Vesperal Liturgy for    

Entrance of the Theotokos

FISH meal afterward
  • Thurs. Nov. 22nd-- Calendar deadline, please e-mail info for DECEMBER calendar to                                       matdonna at shaw dot ca

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Children's Time October 31

This October 31 the children had a wonderful time doing crafts in the church, under the watchful eye of our Sunday School teacher, Zane.  They entered the church for a time of instruction with Fr. Lawrence (shown here), staying afterward  for  the usual Daily Vespers.  Candy was distributed in the church hall when the service was over.  There was a good attendance of children, despite the inclement weather.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

End of Daylight Savings Time this weekend!

Saturday November 3rd--

set your clocks back one hour at bed time 

and enjoy the extra hour of sleep! 

See you at church Sunday morning! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday October 31

This Wednesday October 31, children are welcome to come early to church at 6.15 p.m. in costume for a brief time in the church hall with our Sunday School leader.  There will be time a craft before Vespers, which will be served in the Church at the normal time of 7.00 p.m.
Immediately before Vespers, Fr. Lawrence will explain the icon of the feast of the day November 1, that of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Holy Unmercenary Physicians.  He will also explain the icon of All Saints, which feast is served in the Orthodox Church on the Sunday following Pentecost, and in the western church October 31.  After the service, the Sunday School leader will provide the children present with candy, in honour of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, and of all the saints.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Harvest Blessing Thanksgiving Weekend


Please bring your baskets to decorate the church and to be blessed after liturgy.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fr. John Behr coming to St. Herman's

Fr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary in New York, will be visiting us this Sunday Sept. 16 for Divine Liturgy.  There will be a Question and Answer time with Fr. John in the church after coffee hour.  Please plan to attend this session and take advantage of this opportunity to hear one of American Orthodoxy's great scholars.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

St. Mary Magdalene's Day

Today we are blessed to have the holy relics of St. Mary Magdalene, Equal-to-the-Apostles among us for veneration on this her feast-day.  Also, it being the Sunday after the feast of St. Elijah, we will have our annual blessing of vehicles at the end of the service.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Feast of St. Peter and Paul

This Thursday June 28, the Apostles' Fast comes to a conclusion as we serve a Vesperal Liturgy at 7.00 pm to commemorate the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.  Fr. Richard will preach.  A festal meal will follow.  Sts. Peter and Paul, so different in personality and varied in their evangelistic approach, are portrayed in the icon of the feast as united in their common love for the Church, which they uphold together in their hands.  Their common love for their Lord transfigured their hearts and helped them transcend all their differences.  Sts. Peter and Paul, pray to God for us!

Friday, June 1, 2012


WELCOME to the

Fr. Richard, Jaime, Lily, Gabe and John

Arriving Thursday June 14th

As many of you know, Fr. Richard will be attached to St. Herman's as his 'home base'. He will not be assigned any particular duties at our parish, but will be free to visit other parishes and act as supply priest in the deanery. Like Fr. Justin Hewlett he will be working with the Traditional Learning Academy, and Mat. Jaime is helping get a local Orthodox Home Schooling co-operative going. We look forward to having them as part of our parish community.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ascension Day

This Thursday May 24 we will serve a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension at 7.00 pm, with a festal meal following afterward in the Church Hall.  Ascension Day marks the leave-taking of the Paschal season, and a local return to the usual fasting.  A meditation by Fr. Lawrence on the Ascension of our Lord can be accessed on our OCA website here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Palm Sunday procession

The procession around the Church on Palm Sunday during the Third Antiphon was wonderful. Other photos of the day have been posted on our Spruce Island blog and can be seen here. (Thank you RW for posting them!)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Thursday Liturgy at 5.00 pm

Don't forget: this Holy Thursday April 12 at 5.00 pm we will serve the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil, commemorating our Lord's institution of the Eucharist. A meal in the hall follows the Liturgy. The service of the Twelve Gospels will be served at the usual time of 7.00 pm.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Fr. Andrey reposes in the Lord

Our dear brother in Christ, Archpriest Andrey Somow, reposed in the Lord on March 29.
He was a good friend of our parish, and said that he loved worshipping with us.
His funeral arrangements are still being finalized.
Meanwhile, please keep Fr. Andrey and his family in your prayers.
His bio may be found on the website of his parish here.
May his memory be eternal!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Icon Procession Sunday March 4

This Sunday we will have an icon procession during the Divine Liturgy.  Please feel free to bring an icon from home to carry reverently in the procession.  The first Sunday of Great Lent had traditionally commemorated the restoration of icons and the Triumph of Orthodoxy over the iconoclasts.  Read more about how to make our procession here at our Spruce Island blog for February 29.  (Addendum:  And see photos of our own St. Herman's procession that day here on our Spruce Island blog for Tues. March 6.  Thank you "Lil'M" for posting them!)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Forgiveness Sunday Vespers

Forgiveness Vespers will be held this Sun. Feb.26 after our coffee hour.  Plan on staying for this service so that we can begin Great Lent together as a community, humbling ourselves before the Lord and each other, and asking His blessing on our upcoming Fast.  Read more about the spirit and logistics of this service at our Spruce Island blog here.